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Common boxwood is an elegant shrub that has been used in gardens for centuries. With handsome, glossy, dark evergreen leaves and a tough and resilient constitution this shrub is tolerant of full sun to full shade and adaptable to most garden soils. Often shaped into hedges and topiaries, it is also attractive in its natural form as a billowy oval mound.
Plant Type: mounding shrub
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)
Plant Height-Mature: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)
Plant Width-Mature: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8
Flower Color: green
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to deep shade
Water Requirements: occasional watering
Wildlife Associations: bees
Resistant to: deer
- Culture Notes
- Boxwood will grow well in full sun to deep shade in well-drained soil. Once established it is moderately drought tolerant, but appreciates occasional watering. It will tolerate sandy and clay soils with regular summer watering and protection from hot afternoon sun. Boxwood has long been cultivated for its superior performance as a hedge or screen. Heavy shearing can be done in mid to late winter with lighter shaping in late spring to midsummer. Tightly sheared formal hedges need trimming once a month from May to August.